Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Davy Jones was born David Thomas Jones on December 30, 1945 in Manchester, England. Incidentally, he shared the same birthday with fellow band mate, Michael Nesmith. Davy begin acting at age 11 and was in the TV soap opera, 'Coronation Street'. His mother passed away when he was 14 years old and he left acting to train as a jockey. While training, he was summoned away where he went to perform in 'Oliver!' as the Artful Dodger. The show performed on Broadway and was nominated for a Tony Award. While in NYC, the cast appeared on 'The Ed Sullivan Show' on the same night as The Beatles' first appearance. Standing in the sidelines and watching the girls screaming and going crazy, Davy knew right then and there that was what he wanted too. He was signed by Screen Gems and appeared in episodes of 'Ben Casey' and 'The Farmer's Daughter' and recorded a couple of songs on Colpix that weren't received very well. His next gig was to turn out to be his most successful and what he is best known for...'The Monkees'. 'The Monkees' was a made for TV band and show that grew so much in popularity that the stars went out and toured. Davy was known as 'the cute one' much like Paul McCartney of The Beatles. The show eventually went off the air and the group disbanded but several tours followed in the years following. Many of you don't know what an avid Monkees fan I was and the collection I have built through the years. I have all the albums, bubblegum cards and various memorablilia. I also got to see them perform live in concert...minus Mike. Davy's autograph was the only one missing from my collection. Sadly, it will stay that way. Davy Jones passed away this morning at the age of 66 of a massive heart attack while he was sleeping in his Florida home. Find the connection!
Fun Facts About Leap Year
2012 is a leap year, with 366 days instead of the usual 365 days.
It was the ancient Egyptians who first figured out that the solar year and the man-made calendar year didn't always match up.
That's because it actually takes the Earth a little longer than a year to travel around the Sun — 365 days, 5 hours, 48 minutes, and 46 seconds, to be exact.
Therefore, as the hours accumulated over the centures, an extra day was occasionally added to the calendar, and over time the practice became more or less official.
The Romans first designated February 29 as leap day, but a more precise formula (still in use today) was adopted in the 16th century when the Gregorian calendar fine-tuned the calculations to include a leap day in years only divisible by four - 2012, 2016, 2020, 2024, etc.
Another stipulation ruled that no year divisible by 100 would have a leap year, except if it was divisible by 400. Thus, 1900 was not a leap year ... but 2000 was! Go figure.
Thankfully, all this intricate plotting will continue to keep us in tune with the seasons over the next several thousand years.
Born on a leap day?
According to astrologers, those born under the sign of Pisces on February 29 have unusual talents and personalities reflecting their special status.
Most have to wait every four years to "officially" observe their birthdays, but leap year babies typically choose either February 28 or March 1 to celebrate in years that aren't leap years.
Some famous people born on February 29
Born 1976 - Ja Rule, rapper
Born 1972 - Anthonio Sabato Jr., model & actor
Born 1916 - Dinah Shore, singer
Born 1904 - Jimmy Dorsey, bandleader.
Born 1792 - Gioacchino Rossini, Italian opera composer
February 29, 2012 event calendar
On the international scene, 56 countries will observe Rare Disease Day on February 29, 2012 calling for more research into ailments that have no known cure
On a lighter note, international women's football meets to compete on February 29, 2012 in the annual kick-off to the Algarve Cup in southern Portugal.
Leap Day traditions - no man is safe!
How to propose to a guy
While leap day helped official timekeepers, it also resulted in social customs turned upside down when February 29 became a "no man's land" without legal jurisdiction.
As the story goes, the tradition of women romantically pursuing men in leap years began in 5th century Ireland, when St. Bridget complained to St. Patrick about the fair sex having to wait for men to propose. Patrick finally relented and set February 29 aside as the day set aside allowing women the right to ask for a man's hand in marriage.
The tradition continued in Scotland, when Queen Margaret declared in 1288 that on February 29 a woman had the right to pop the question to any man she fancied. Menfolk who refused were faced with a fine in the form of a kiss, a silk dress, or a pair of gloves given to the rejected lady fair.
A similar modern American tradition, Sadie Hawkins Day, honors "the homeliest gal in the hills" created by Al Capp in the cartoon strip Li'l Abner. In the famous story line, Sadie and every other woman in town were allowed on that day to pursue and catch the most eligible bachelors in Dogpatch. Although the comic strip placed Sadie Hawkins Day in November, today it has become almost synonymous with February 29.
Leap year on stage & screen
The day also plays a pivotal role in the fictional The Pirates of Penzance, the most famous Gilbert & Sullivan comic opera that was translated to Broadway and the silver screen.
In the story, the hero Frederic realizes his apprenticeship binds him until his 21st birthday, but since his birthday falls on February 29, it means that technically he is only a young lad - and won't reach his 21st birthday until he is in his eighties!
A leap year poem to remember it by
Thirty days hath September,
April, June and November;
All the rest have thirty-one
Save February, she alone
Hath eight days and a score
Til leap year gives her one day more.